STAGS SIGN LUKE WATERFALL ON LOAN FROM SCUNTHORPE
Stags sign centre-back ahead of FA Cup tie
mansfieldtown.net, 7th November 2014
Luke Waterfall becomes latest loan signing ahead of Concord Rangers cup clash.
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We are pleased to announce the signing of centre-back Luke Waterfall on an emergency loan from Scunthorpe United until the New Year.
The 24-year-old, who has spent time on loan at Macclesfield Town this term, is eligible to go straight into our squad for tomorrow’s FA Cup first round tie at home to non-league Concord Rangers.
Speaking this afternoon, the 6ft2in centre-back said: “I trained at Scunthorpe on Tuesday and then got a phone call in the evening saying that [the opportunity to join Mansfield] had come up, so it was a no-brainer really.
“I’d like to think that I attack the ball well in both boxes and I’d say I’m a bit of an old-fashioned type centre-half. I know the manager likes to play three at the back and I think I’d be comfortable in that system.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, he added: “We’re expecting a tough game as they’ll be coming here trying to prove that they can play at this level.”
Born in Sheffield, Waterfall began his career in the youth set-up at Barnsley, but after not being offered a professional contract at Oakwell, he joined Tranmere Rovers for the 2008/09 campaign.
After a season-long stay at Prenton Park, the Yorkshireman moved on to Ilkeston Town, where he was a regular in 2009/10 - making 38 appearances and scoring two goals.
He then moved on to Gainsborough Trinity and enjoyed three successful years at the Northolme Ground, during which time he built up a reputation for being composed, cool and calm under pressure, and helped the club reach the Conference North play-off final.
His eye-catching displays resulted in a transfer to Scunthorpe United in May 2013, and he made 10 appearances as the Iron won promotion from Sky Bet League Two last season.
Waterfall has been allocated the number 26 shirt during his stay with us.
Waterfall excited by new challenge
mansfieldtown.net, 7th November 2014
Defender relishing prospect of game-time in the Football League.
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Defender Luke Waterfall is relishing the chance to get more minutes under his belt in the Football League following his loan switch from Scunthorpe United earlier today.
The 24-year-old, who has already spent time on loan at Macclesfield Town this term, has penned a deal at One Call Stadium until the New Year.
“I found out about the move a couple of days ago,” said Waterfall. “I trained at Scunthorpe on Tuesday and then got a phone call in the evening saying that this had come up, so it was a ‘no-brainer’.
“I desperately want to play football this year, so this move is perfect for me. It’s League Two, close to home, and it fits the bill for everything really.”
Explaining his season so far, the centre-back continued: “I did pre-season with my parent club, Scunthorpe, and I’ve spent the last three months at Macclesfield Town in the Conference Premier.
“I played about 18 games on the bounce and then went back to Scunthorpe, before coming here.”
On his playing style, he added: “I’d like to think that I attack the ball well in both boxes and I’d say I’m a bit of an old-fashioned type centre-half. I know the manager likes to play three at the back and I think I’d be comfortable in that system.
“I know the lads have played the system quite a lot here, so everybody will know their jobs. Hopefully, I should be able to slot straight in.”
Waterfall, who enjoyed a successful three-year spell at Conference North club Gainsborough Trinity earlier in his career, could make his debut in tomorrow’s FA Cup first round tie at home to Concord Rangers.
He added: “We’re expecting a tough game. They’ll be coming here and trying to prove that they can play at this level.
“I’ve done it myself when I was at Gainsborough and we played teams in leagues above. You’re always giving 110% and trying to prove to everybody that you can play at a higher standard and trying to get noticed.
“Hopefully, it’s a game we’ll come through and get to the next round.”
Mansfield Town hope to sign Scunthorpe United defender Luke Waterfall on loan
Nottingham Post, November 07, 2014, by Sarah Clapson
MANSFIELD Town are hoping to bring in Scunthorpe United defender Luke Waterfall on loan.
Iron boss Mark Robins has confirmed the Stags’ interest, and the latter will hope to complete the move today, before tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Concord Rangers.
Waterfall joined Scunthorpe in June 2013, from Gainsborough Trinity, having started his career at Barnsley.
He has found game time difficult to come by at Glanford Park though, and this term has spent time on loan at Macclesfield, where he made 17 appearances, scoring two goals.
Should Waterfall make the switch to the One Call Stadium, it would seem to end Jamie Sendles-White’s time in a Stags shirt.
The youngster’s loan from QPR comes to an end after tomorrow’s game. Boss Paul Cox said in midweek he would consider looking to extend Sendles-White’s stay, but added: “But I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I didn’t think we could bring even better players in, either on frees or on loan before Christmas time.”
Why muscleman Luke Waterfall will help Mansfield Town push on
By Nottingham Post, by Sarah Clapson, November 11, 2014
LUKE Waterfall's mindset as well as his muscle will improve Mansfield Town, according to boss Paul Cox.
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The centre-back (pictured) joined on loan from Scunthorpe United last week, though missed out on making his debut when Saturday's FA Cup tie against Concord Rangers was postponed.
Cox is still without defenders John Dempster and Ritchie Sutton through injury, plus long-term absentee Luke Jones, though Ryan Tafazolli is expected to return at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, while Jamie Sendles-White is understood to be set to sign a loan extension.
But the manager is confident former Gainsborough Trinity man Waterfall will be a good addition to the squad.
"He'll add a number of qualities to us," said Cox.
"He's mentally strong, physically imposing in both boxes and he scores the odd goal from set-pieces, which is something we've missed from losing Luke Jones.
"He will give us a presence and a strong mindset."
Waterfall has been on loan at Macclesfield Town this term, playing alongside former Stag George Pilkington.
The 24-year-old has made 17 appearances and scored two goals while helping the Conference side make a decent start to the season. He has previously played for Ilkeston Town, where he was a regular in the 2009/10 campaign and, again, found the net twice.
"I've seen Luke for a number of years, from his times at Ilkeston and have seen him come through at Gainsborough to making his league debut at Scunthorpe," said Cox.
"If I'm honest, it was me who recommended him to Macclesfield, when I spoke to their manager (John Askey).
"He's gone there and played alongside George Pilkington.
"I've kept in touch, had him watched and he's been magnificent for them.
"They say their season as it is has been based around him being such a good player back there."
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